There is a lot being discussed about the capital Amaravati these days. Every political party is now debating the issue particularly in the light of flash floods to Krishna river and the statements of Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development, Botsa Satyanarayana, quoting the Sivaramakrishnan commission report. The Minister said that the area selected for the capital was not suitable igniting the debate.
Former chief minister Chandrababu Naidu had planned Amaravati as one of the world’s best cities. He had proposed nine cities within the capital which included finance city, administrative city, law city, media city and health city. He had done a lot of exercise in building the city or at least in getting the designs for the city and the administrative buildings. While the Singapore government had done the capital city planning, world famous architect Norman and Fosters have done the designs for the administrative buildings. These building designs were changed several times and finally cleared just before the elections.
However, Chandrababu Naidu lost the election and Jaganmohan Reddy had come to power. Jaganmohan Reddy had been opposing the grandiose plans on the capital, ignoring the development of the other places. On sitting in the top seat, Jaganmohan Reddy had never made his mind clear on the issue. However, Jaganmohan Reddy had dumped the mega plans of Chandrababu Naidu if one goes by the silence that the chief minister is maintaining. According to the sources close to him, Jaganmohan Reddy is not ready to pursue the plans of Chandrababu Naidu. He wants to continue in the existing arrangement where the government has the buildings for secretariat, Assembly, Raj Bhavan and High Court. He is also thinking of completing the works, including roads and some buildings, which have completed 75 per cent and drop the rest.
Going by this, Jaganmohan Reddy might complete the seed access road which was started from Venkatapalem and has to be connected to the Chennai-Kolkata national highway at Kanakadurga Varadhi on Krishna river. If this is completed, the capital would get better road access. The chief minister is also in favour of the national highways authority of India to complete the pending bridge across the river in the upstream of Prakasam Barrage for better road connectivity. This bridge was proposed as iconic bridge by Chandrababu Naidu government in which the State had to spend Rs 400 crore. As there is no money, Jaganmohan Reddy had dropped the iconic proposal and had given clearance to the Centre to go ahead with their plans.